Ram Mask (Bolo)

Ram Mask (Bolo)

possibly early 1900s

Wood and paint

Overall: 45 x 36 x 36 cm (17 11/16 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Weight: 3.88 kg (8.55 lbs.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2016.56

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The ram is an important animal symbol for the Bobo people, associated with male aggression.


Bolo masks are primarily danced for entertainment during communal occasions like funerals, male initiations, and harvest celebrations. Comprising both animal and human features, the mask––always worn by a male dancer––refers to the cultural significance of the ram, an animal associated with male aggression across sub-Saharan Africa.

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